We’ve covered a lot of news lately about creative app launches in the technological world -- from musician M. Ward’s free app that allows users to locate independent radio stations to an iPad app that chronicles legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham’s life and career. In other words, the artistic world is now at our fingertips.
Today we add another exciting launch to our growing list of stellar artistic apps: The J. Paul Getty Museum Highlights of the Collection. With one simple tap of the screen, 150 of the museum’s most adored works of art are available for the small screen. Each work is accompanied by brief commentary and can be viewed in great detail. “This app is the result of our commitment to finding more ways for the public to get access and engage with our collections,” James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, noted in the press release.
More and more artists, museums, bands, and even choreographers are exploring new ways to share their art through technology. We’ve compiled a slideshow of some of our favorite creative and artistic apps for all you technology buffs out there. (Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section as well as any notable additions we may have missed.)
"Merce Cunningham: 65 Years"
This comprehensive app, available only for the iPad, chronicles Merce Cunningham's life and career. The extensive app features over 40 excerpts from Cunningham's dances as well as interviews, images and passages from the series, "Mondays with Merce." The app emerged from a book by company archivist David Vaughan, entitled, <em>Cunningham: Fifty Years</em>. The app is $14.99 and can be purchased at the iTunes App Store <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/merce-65/id543904104?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
This incredible innovative album app accompanies Bjork's "Biophilia". Released as ten apps to accompany the ten songs on her album, the app provides a multimedia exploration of the universe. "Biophilia opens into a three-dimensional galaxy with a compass allowing navigation between the 3-dimensional universe and two-dimensional track list," as <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bjork-biophilia/id434122935?mt=8" target="_hplink">described on iTunes</a>. The app was developed by Bjork in collaboration with king-of-apps Scott Snibbe and design collaborators M/M Paris. The app, available on both iPhone and iPad may be purchased for $12.99 <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bjork-biophilia/id434122935?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Uzu is a "kinetic multitouch particle visualizer." The app, available only for the iPad, allows its users to play with light, color, and motion. Easier played with then described. Available for purchase at the iTunes App Store for $1.99 <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uzu/id376551723?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
This wildly addictive and popular app is "Pictionary" for the modern age. Available for the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad at the iTunes App Store for free <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/draw-something-free/id488628250?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
Another app from the creative genius Scott Sona Snibbe. The interactive app allows you to create music at the touch of your fingertips all the while drawing beautiful animated forms. Available for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for $1.99 at the iTunes App Store <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bubble-harp/id372531368?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
This app creates typography art at the touch of your finger. Simply type a sentence or phrase and draw a picture out of words. Available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad for $1.99 at the iTunes App Store <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/typedrawing-v3.0/id314072879?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
"The Waste Land"
The Waste Land, available only for iPad, brings alive T.S. Eliot's greatest work. Published jointly by Faber and Faber and Touch Press, the app includes a performance of the text by acclaimed actress Fiona Shaw, audio recordings of the poem by T.S. Eliot, interactive notes about the work, over 35 different video perspectives on the poem, as well as the digitized original manuscript of the poem with Ezra Pound's edits. Available for purchase at the iTunes App Store for $13.99 <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-waste-land/id427434046?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
"A Wasteland Companion"
This free app, created by musician M. Ward, features news, music and show information as well as a comprehensive database of United States public radio stations. Available for download on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a-wasteland-companion/id529206163?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>.
This free app provides comprehensive and interactive information about the Museum of Modern Art in New York. You can use the app to find out about current exhibitions, browse tens of thousands of works from the collection, as well as learn more about artists and art terms. The app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad. More information can be found <a href="http://www.moma.org/explore/mobile/iphoneapp" target="_hplink">here</a>.
"The J. Paul Getty Museum Highlights of the Collections"
Make your way through 150 highlights from the Getty Museum's collections. The app includes approximately 200 images, commentary about the artwork, behind the scenes video footage at the Getty Center and Getty Villa, and a comprehensive history of J. Paul Getty's life. The app may be purchased at the iTunes App Store for $2.99 <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/j.-paul-getty-museum-highlights/id545912794?mt=8" target="_hplink">here</a>. Available for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.